I must be in
because thanks to my new electric kettle I had a big bowl of Jungle Oats for
Today it will be a short entry, because it is the first day of classes and I felt obliged to stay home and prepare the lecture. I am teaching my Development and Management of Water Resources, one of my favorite classes and one that I have taught many times. However, I am going to have to compress it a bit, and I figured that this was my opportunity to explore water issues in Africa (I owe it to the students since we all have come a long way to be here), which means I am actually preparing new materials.
Being eager to start, I showed up at noon at the International House, to have time to prepare my room. Given that it is only three students and myself I have been assigned a tiny study room, mercifully air conditioned, and I had two young geniuses to help me set the digital projector and the desk camera I brought with me from the
US. And then I had to wait . . .
and wait . . . and wait. The class is supposed to start at 1 pm, but at 1:15
Claudia came to tell me that the students had been delayed in their Service
Learning field visit, and that they should be back anytime. Anytime turned into
1:45 pm, and when the kids arrived they were starving and carrying their
lunches, so we took another 15 minutes to eat lunch before we could really
start. The session thus became 2 hours instead of the 3 hours I had planned
for. Tomorrow I will loose another hour because the Service Learning teacher asked
them to be in class by 4 pm instead of 5 pm. I am being philosophical about
this because I don’t want to stress my three students, and because the cultural
experience of working in a school or a children’s soccer team in Africa is such a fabulous opportunity for them.
After class I was hungry, but had to learn the hard way that most campus eateries close after lunch (which is the main meal here). So I went back to the stalls in the market, and had an excellent vegan dinner of coconut brown rice, some sort of zucchini stew (with tofu?), and a green salad. Very yummy indeed.